BREAKING: Second person dies from Covid-19; three cases confirmed in the north west

No directive given on whether or not pubs should close

The Department of Health has confirmed in its daily briefing that a second person has died in Ireland from Covid-19.

It was also announced that a further 39 people have tested positive for the disease. This brings to 129 the number of people who have tested positive in the Republic of Ireland and 163 on the island of Ireland.

Three cases have been confirmed in the north west. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan indicated that more specific location information will be released as numbers rise.

While unnecessary contact with other people is advised,the department is recommending that people get out for walks and continue some form of physical activity.

When asked about whether pubs should close if they couldn't guarantee safe distances between people, Dr Holohan said that was a matter for individual pubs. There have been calls for pubs to be forced to close ahead of St Patrick's Day.

Read also: #Closethepubs campaign gaining momentum in Donegal and across Ireland amidst coronavirus fears

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